The Daniel Adamson Historic 1903 Steam Vessel – affectionately nicknamed ‘The Danny’ – has a unique story to tell! A volunteer’s story and initiative led by a volunteer team.
Experience a moving visitor attraction – travel, float, celebrate and learn about a by-gone steam age as well as hear an intreguing secret about the boat’s unique luxury liner Art-Deco interior and where it came from.
– 15th on the National Register of Historic Vessels, alongside the Cutty Sark and S.S. Great Britain on the register maintained by National Historic Ships
– The Danny was a naval patrol boat in the First World War and a fire-fighting boat in the Second World War
– The oldest steam passenger vessel in the UK
– The project is a heritage partnership with Merseyside Maritime Museum as part of the Our Sea Our Story exhibition
– A unique example of interior Art Deco design recreated following the original 1936 designs
– A boat with many roles having been a working tug boat as well as a private vessel used to entertain by the directors of the Manchester Ship Canal
– A boat which pre-dates the Titanic which holds secrets from the grand oceanic liners
– The boat’s namesake, Daniel Adamson, was a pioneer in the use of steam boilers and was integral to the construction of the Manchester Ship Canal
– The preservation of the boat has been supported and funded by The Heritage National Lottery with the restoration expertise and craftsmanship of Cammell Lairds – where the boat was originally built
What’s available on The Danny?
– Day and evening cruises from their main home at Canning Dock Liverpool, as well as on selected dates throughout the year from and to Ellesmere Port, Runcorn and Salford Quays.
– Museum days – an exciting interacive experience using actors, real stories and memories from past-workers, guided tours, fun displays, sights and sounds from important days on the vessel and the fascinating reveal of the luxury liner saloon.
– CCTV links directly into the engine and boiler rooms which give an insight into the harsh working conditions of a steam engine room which would be similar to those who powered the great ocean liners of the past
– See and hear the eleven steam engines and three boilers which are identical to those on the ill-fated Lusitania
– Special events, private hire, educational visits and training opportunities are available
Why is The Danny so important ?
The Historic boat was saved in 2004 when it was bought for £1 by an enthusiast to save it from being scrapped. Supported by a team of volunteers and enthusiasts and with the huge help of Cammell Lairds which has expertly re-built the vessel and its engines with funding from The Heritage Lottery Fund.
The boat had a working life of over 80 years on the Mersey and Manchester Ship Canal where she was used both to tow trains of barges and to carry the society of the day in her splendid interiors.
The Danny now offers an unique sailing experince to the everyman with luxury interior saloons which are a celebration of the original art-deco style and have been re-created with interior and soft furnishings which have been recreated from original photographs to capture the ambience of the celebrated cruise liners of its day.
The boat evokes an interesting sense of nostalgia as many of the current volunteers once worked or have memories of the boat and still to this day are involved in its build and restoration and are pleased to see it stand proud once again on the Mersey waterways.
The Danny is lovingly supported by a team of passionate volunteers and members who have held hands over the project since 2004. Campaigning to save the boat and successfully gaining a 3.8 million Heritage Lottery Fund the team have waited to bring the boat back to the waters it worked so hard on and to give the little tug a new lease of life.
Now, they wish to hand the boat over to the next generation to learn skills that were part of the everyday of the boat and now maybe lost, to pass on stories of its heritage as an important part of the North West’s shipping history and to offer training and learning to people who may want the opportunity to work as part of a team in an industry which is integral to Liverpool and the Ship Canal.
The Danny is now a visitor attraction with a very personal story to tell.
The Danny offers cruises along the North West Waterways from Liverpool and Ellesmere Port including Manchester Ship Canal cruises and cruise along The River Weaver in Cheshire, as well as offering a static tourist attraction at Albert Dock. We can arrange talks, tours and lunches for groups on the ship it can also be privately hired for cruises or static drinks receptions or events at Albert Dock.
Explore The Story
The Danny offers an interactive ‘story-experience’, bringing alive the unique tale through guided tours which include real-life stories from past boat workers, sights, sounds of the past and our own revealing and surprising storytellers.